Hickory – Seasonal influenza is an illness that can cause serious health complications, including death. The best defense against the flu is vaccination, which is why Catawba County Public Health encourages individuals to visit their medical provider for a flu shot before flu season arrives.
For people who do not have a medical provider or who wish to obtain a shot at Public Health, appointments in our Immunization clinic can be made by calling (828) 695-5881.
Flu shots are available at Public Health for individuals age 6 months and older. The seasonal flu shot costs $38 for individuals age 3 and older and $38 for children ages 6-35 months. For people 65 and older, the high-dose flu shot is available for $68. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, debit/credit, Medicare Part B (only), NC Medicaid, and NC HealthChoice. Medicare Advantage and other insurance plans will not be accepted; however, individuals may pay and then file with their insurers for possible reimbursement.
“Flu can be a severe illness with serious complications that require hospitalization and, in some cases, can lead to death. This illness should be taken seriously,” said Sarah Rhodes, Clinical Nursing Supervisor for Catawba County Public Health. “With flu shots now widely available in our community, we urge everyone to take the steps they can to protect themselves and their loved ones from this easily spread illness.”
The CDC recommends anyone 6 months or older get the flu vaccine. The vaccination is highly recommended for individuals who are at a higher risk for flu-related complications, including the following:
Anyone with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease
People 65 years or older
Caregivers, especially those individuals caring for infants or people with health complications
Catawba County Public Health promotes and protects the health of all Catawba County residents through preventive services, innovative partnerships, and community health improvement initiatives. For more info., please call 828-695-5800.